Gweedore’s Kevin Cassidy  celebrates scoring against  Crossmaglen in  the  Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final at Healy Park, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Not so long ago Joe Diver met two south-of-the-county men, Brian McEniff and Pauric McShea, on his travels. The trio are long-time compadres: Diver ha(...)

Monaghan’s Conor McManus is surrounded by Donegal players during the  Allianz Football League Division One game at  Fr Tierney Park in  Ballyshannon. Photograph: Trevor Lucy/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal 1-11 Monaghan 1-11 What did you expect? Yes, the sun shone in Ballyshannon and it was Mother’s Day and the world seemed in good mood. But whe(...)

Monaghan and Donegal renew Ulster rivalry. They say familiarity breeds contempt but it can also breed respect. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Every so often you encounter afternoons in sport which seem to affirm everything you feel is true and important about playing. I landed home from trai(...)